Captain Canelli tells how he was on hand at the midnight change of shift, and catch a glimpse of the mundane events at the precinct station. Reports to be filed, patrolmen who are late for duty, automobile accidents. Well into the shift, there’s still no sign of Patrolman Bevans, and the captain expresses his concern.
An unsettling report comes in that Bevans has been shot, but did he do it himself, or not? Witnesses, and evidence point to it being a suicide, but the cops hunt for clues to confirm or reject the incident. The captain tells in voiceover how the department proceeded in telling the wife, and in the doctor report from the hospital. As the patrolman hangs on to life, drama unfolds as the wife comes to grips with her loss. Is there some domestic trouble that might have led to suicide?
After surgery, there’s doubt that the slug came from the patrolman’s own service revolver, but who shot him then? Later in the day, Joe Bevans is awake, but not able to talk. He will survive, but the search for his shooter will have to be answered some other day.